- Ann T. Keene
Hines, Gregory (14 February 1946–09 August 2003), dancer, singer, choreographer, actor, and musician, was born Gregory Oliver Hines in New York City to Maurice Hines, Sr., a musician, and Alma Lawless Hines. His parents were of African ancestry; Alma Hines also had Portuguese, Irish, and Jewish roots. Hines and his older brother, Maurice, grew up in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood as well as Sugar Hill, a historic neighborhood in Harlem. Maurice Hines, Sr., was a nightclub drummer whose mother had been a showgirl at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem. Destined for professional careers at an early age, Gregory and Maurice, Jr., began tap dancing lessons soon after they learned to walk, studying with Buster Brown, ...